If you're between the ages of 14 and 18, chances are you've had some difficulty in landing a summer job. A less than stellar economy paired with a still high unemployment rate has had a rippling effect in the job market. New grads who would be moving from their part-time college jobs to full-time professional careers within their chosen industry and entering a stagnant market and going back to their college jobs, effectively filling a void in typical summer jobs that would normally be staffed by teenagers still in high school looking for summer work.
Since finding a job in your city with a retail chain or restaurant may not be an option, now may be a good time to test out those entrepreneurial skills and create your own summer job.
1. Pet Sitting / House Sitting
Since family vacations abound during the summer time and a good percentage of families own at least one pet, it makes sense that there would be a good opportunity for pet care and house sitting services. Many pet owners don't like the idea of leaving their pets in boarding, as metal cages and tiny spaces can make animals distressed. So, many families are willing to pay someone to either play host to their pet or to come over to their home a few times a day to feed, water and take care of their pets. Home owners are also many times willing to pay someone to stay in their home while they travel, so that menial day to day tasks are taken care of, such as watering plants, gardening and mowing the lawn.
2. Sell Water
This may seem menial, but it works and it's a great way to make a few extra bucks in the heat of the summertime. I've seen many a person clean up at local parks and recreational areas by selling cold beverages. Start out by buying a few cases of bottled water, and bring along an ice chest filled with ice. Keep a few bottles cold and you're ready to start selling. A good rule of thumb is to sell each bottle for a dollar or two. Since a case of water typically runs between $5 and $10, a teenager could easily make a 100% profit - especially if they're set up in a high traffic location.
3. Online Media Teacher
Never underestimate the marketability of those online skills you've honed by spending hours upon hours on social networks and blogging platforms. These skills are highly transferable to adult workers and many professionals are more than willing to pay someone to teach them the ins and outs of online programs that are almost second nature to teenagers. Putting up fliers at local coffee shops and hangouts, and even signing up on websites like Teach Street, can net you a few clients.
4. Sell Artwork or Arts and Crafts
Etsy is a fantastic way to start your own e-commerce business. There's no upfront costs, and it's a great way to get feedback on your artistic endeavors. The great thing about Etsy is that you can sell a large variety of things. Want to try to sell off some of those oil paintings you create on the side? There's an area for that. Think you have what it takes to be a burgeoning clothing designer or have an eye for great vintage pieces that you could resell? You can do that on Etsy too. There's really no limit to the number and variety of things you can sell or resell, so the best way to start is to sign up for a free account and start listing things.